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In Ray Bradburys novel Something Wicked This Way Comes the two protagonists boys both nearly fourteen years old go by the names of Will and Jim They live in a small town next door to each other Often they are thought to be complete opposites but if the reader looks closely they can see similarities existing within the differences Though Will and Jim have differences which Bradbury shows in part by the way that other characters perceive them and how daring they each are the boys also share similarities such as their origins and mutual fear of the carnival people Primarily Bradbury displays the differences between Will and Jim through Charles Halloways opinions about the boys and Jims recklessness and Wills prudence Charles Halloway Wills father has distinct opinions about the boys personalities Charles alone in the library thinks about the two boys Thats Jim all bramble hair and itchweed And Will Why hes the last peach high on a summer tree 14 This passage portrays the boys as two very different characters Charles compares Jim to bramble hair and itchweed showing that those who know Jim best discern him turbulent harsh and definite At the same time Charles relates Will to the last peach indicating that Will is seen as innocent introverted and even a little sheltered Another example of the boys differing personalities is when Will is chasing Jim while Jim hurries to their teachers house Will thinks I talk Jim runs I got a bank account Jims got the hair on his head the shirt on his back and the tennis shoes on his feet I tend cows Jim tames Gila monsters 35 All these comparisons that Will is pondering illustrate that Will is more practical while Jim is more spontaneous I talk Jim runs shows that while Will thinks things through and talks about them Jim does these things without any thought of their consequences The fact that Will has a
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